There is nothing worse than losing to your bitter rival at the end of the football season. However, losing one of your up and coming players to that same rival in a losing year; now that is a kick in the pants. Just like Justin Boren did in the late 2000’s, defensive end Chris Rock has left that team up north to join the Buckeyes for the 2013 football season. No this is not the Chris Rock from Grown Ups and is much more athletic than the Chris Rock in The Longest Yard.
During his career at DeSales High School, three star prospect Rock received second team All-Ohio honors as a junior recording 15 total sacks for a second straight season. His production dropped however in his senior season as Rock reportedly saw constant double teams and only produced one sack.
Despite his lack of performance as a high school senior, Rock committed to Michigan in January of 2011 joining Brady Hoke’s first recruiting class in Ann Arbor. After redshirting all of the 2011 season in which the Wolverines went on to become Sugar Bowl champs, Rock decided he was in need of a change of scenery. Unfortunately for those in Ann Arbor, it meant joining the Buckeyes in Columbus where newly introduced head coach Urban Meyer had landed. Rock transferred to THE Ohio State University in the fall of 2012 and sat out the entire season due to NCAA transfer rules. Interestingly enough, Rock has taken a walk-on position with the Buckeyes and will likely play the entire 2013 season without any athletic scholarship. Upon looking further however, Rock was never offered a scholarship by the Ohio State coaching staff during his recruitment despite being pursued by Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Rock was last listed at 6’5 267 and according to a report by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, was wearing number 91 in spring practice. Unfortunately for Rock, the silver bullet defense is already loaded with talent on the defensive line, and playing time for Rock will likely be slim to none. There is a silver lining for Rock however; as he still has three years of eligibility left to show that he has the skill to hang with the best in the Big Ten.